Encore Founder and CEO Chad Farrell participated in a panel session at Burlington Electric Department for high school students attending the Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains. Participating in a Q&A style discussion with other climate-focused professionals from the fields of government, utility management, non-profit advocacy and finance, Chad provided background on his entrepreneurial journey and answered questions regarding the challenges and opportunities associated with deployment of the scale of clean energy resources required to address the climate crisis.
The program, offered to high school students of all backgrounds from across the U.S., affords students the opportunity to learn more about becoming engaged in the effort to address climate change from a number of different perspectives, including policy, technology, advocacy and finance.
The Columbia School in the Green Mountains is facilitated by former Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, who remarked to the panel following the conclusion of the two-week program “Last night I had the pleasure of giving the farewell address to the students at The Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains. They gave me hope that with their help and more like them, this planet might actually figure out a way to survive. I went around before the tablecloth and candlelight dinner and spoke with students about their overall experience. When I asked them about the highlights, it was your panel and their hands-on BED experience. They found you knowledgeable, committed, and many of them used the word role model. I just want to make sure that you know how much it meant to those kids.”